Gastech News interviewed Mr Theo Lekatompessy - President Director, PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi - who will be talking at the APAC LNG Forum, taking place from 13th to 15th May in Singapore. Here is what he told us...
Gastech News: Can LNG win over coal in Asia?
Theo Lekatompessy: Yes, in my opinion – due to 3 factors;
Gastech News: What are the benefits of using LNG as a transportation fuel, especially in shipping and trucking?
Theo Lekatompessy: The benefits arise from different perspectives, especially for ASEAN countries. Let’s observe Indonesia as an example, which imports 500.000 barrel per fuel oil a day to fulfill the national demand and spends around US$15 billion national reserve to pay for it. There is no other choice than to promote gas/LNG as a new energy backbone, thereby diversifying from fuel oil. Coal, as we mentioned above, has its constraints when it comes to being distributed extensively to end users.
Gastech News: What are the key challenges to overcome to accelerate the use of LNG as transportation fuel in Asia?
Theo Lekatompessy: For countries located in continental Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, China, etc) the main challenge is the installation of retail facilities, such as integrated pipe networks with issues such as land titles and overlapping the established present infrastructure. Meanwhile, for island countries (such as Indonesia and the Philippines) and developing countries (such as Myanmar, India and Vietnam) the problem is more fundamental:
From a general point of view, most equipment is designed for fuel oil input - then it has to be converted to a dual mode, so the questions from users are:
Gastech News: Talking about the small-mid scale LNG market, what are the key barriers for developing small-mid scale LNG projects in Asia?
Theo Lekatompessy: A supply chain is like a waterfall or river, a top-down model or from big to medium then small scale. The key issues facing the real world in developing small-mid scale LNG facilities are as we discussed previously:
Mr Theo Lekatompessy will be talking about the key drivers for small to mid-scale LNG value chain in the coming years at the APAC LNG Forum in Singapore. The meeting starts on Wednesday 13th of May, you still have time to register. Follow the banner below:
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